Black Power

By way of a content warning: this post is a little less Martin Luther King, a little more on Pantone. After Record Store Day madness on Saturday, a lazy Sunday with one of the Back to the Futures on the box found me absorbed in the portfolio of French- domiciled photographer Sherif Elhage’s portfolio. Whereas lazy online browsing normally finds me lost down a rabbit hole of fashion websites, scrolling listlessly through grainy scans of super-exclusive Korean editorials before I realise my eyes are crossed and it’s all got deadly boring,  I instead wound up looking at every single photo Elhage had to offer. Not ideal for engineering the Sunday night traditional pizza / beer / movie night on time, very good for a dose of Monday goodness. Presented here, his latest series, photographed between 2006 and last year: a study in black. Not an immediate draw, on an internet where every third photographer is making a play for a Kinfolk feature*, but such a beautiful way of drawing the eye where normally others rely on soft focus and cold, white light. I particularly like the joint-the-dot outline of the carousel below, and the pretty house lights: twinkly, rather than spooky, in a very large expanse of other.

{Photos from here}

*I love Kinfolk.

Film, Han Friday, Photography

Han Friday

With the prospect of a 3.30 a.m. start in howling rain for Record Store Day looming very large this lunchtime it felt right that music’s overlords could throw us a bone. And they did in a grand scale, at least for Ryan (I was at home, in my holey grey thin leggings and incapable of leaving the house), who ended up having a protracted conversation at Duke’s Brew and Que with none other than Robert Plant last night. They even discussed the bathroom design (pro tip: the taps are operated by a foot pump. If it confuses you, it also confused Plant, so don’t fret). I would recount more, but Ryan’s voicemails / text messages about the whole event are over-excited to the point of not making any sense whatsoever. Rock god, and then some. So in honour, one of my favourite Led Zeppelin tracks below, and two other more visually colourful things that have blown my mind this week: Holi celebrations to the front and some Tumblr-tastic sequinned mermaid business from Flare magazine bringing up the rear. Fancy pants, fancy blog milestone, fancy seeing you here ROBERT FREAKING PLANT.

{Bekah Jenkins by Chris Nicholls for Flare magazine, May 2011}

{Ryan is yet to confirm Jimmy Page’s guitar solo in this song is Robert Plant’s ringtone, but I suspect as much}